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Sad Day For Daisy Field

Sisters Show They Are a Cut About the Rest

The Evergreens

News from Brightstowe

Letters to the Editor

Christmas Fayre

Preparing for Census 2011

Avonmouth Sea Cadets Delight the Crowds

How Can We Work Together to Make The Four Villages Better Places to Live?

St Mary’s News

Oceans of Support for the Tithe Barn

What’s on in January

Sad Day For Daisy Field

Wassailing photo by Bob Pitchford

Wassailing photo by Bob Pitchford

Bristol City Council has decided the Daisy Field should be sold for development as recommended by the Area Green Spaces Plan. The decision went ahead despite the level of community investment in the site and despite the opposition of the Neighbourhood Partnership, Avon Wildlife Trust and SCAF. Neverthless, local campaigner Caroline Penny, with the support of Shirehampton Greens, has initiated an application for Town Green status for the Daisy Field. People in Shirehampton will be asked to give evidence that the Daisy Field has been used by them for at least the last twenty years. Campaigners will be canvassing households near the Daisy Field in the New Year and distributing forms for gathering evidence.

Daisy Field in the Snow - photo Kacey-O'Neill

Young People Have Their Say On Policing

Young people in Lawrence Weston have been having their say on how their area is policed at special youth PACT meetings. Police and local youth workers set up a regular youth version of the Partners and Communities Together (PACT) meeting to give young people in Lawrence Weston the opportunity to talk about the issues that they feel are important. The scheme is approaching its first anniversary and officers and community members say it's been going from strength to strength.

PC Sean Underwood said: "Often young people don't have the chance to influence the things in their communities that matter to them and that leaves them feeling frustrated. We set up the youth PACT meetings because we wanted to empower young people and give them a chance to make changes where they live."

A year ago Lawrence Weston and the surrounding area were the subject of a lot of negative media attention about young people committing anti-social behaviour. The youth PACT meetings were set up in response to this in April 2009 following a meeting between police and youth agencies in the area.

At the first meeting local youths talked about what mattered most in the area and drew up three priorities: building relationships between police and young people, bullying and personal safety and creating a safe place for young people to go. The young people then drew up plans for tackling each of the priorities and work has since been ongoing. As part of plans to prioritise tackling bullying in the area, the 'L Dub Bully Busters' scheme was set up. The group managed to raise £2,000 in funding in just three weeks to pay for an anti-bullying awareness and fun day. The event was a huge success, attracting over 60 young people on the day.

As word has spread, the youth PACT meetings have grown in popularity and regularly attract over 30 young people from the area.

Inspector Mark Runacres said: "The youth PACT has been really successful. It has strengthened relationships between the police and local young people in the area and has helped us to decrease anti-social behaviour by positively engaging with young people who may have been out there causing trouble otherwise. We will soon be rolling out the idea across the rest of North Bristol and possibly across Bristol later in the year."

Anyone who would like any more information can contact PC Sean Underwood on Tel: 0117 9454379 or email on

Operation Beacon Targets Drug Crime

Operation BEACON was launched in July 2010 and brings together three of Bristol's proactive teams to focus on the drug dealers that destroy lives in our city.

Operation BEACON adopts an approach known as 'street level up' working closely with communities and partners to identify dealers and the areas in which they operate. The team then uses every tactic and piece of legislation at their disposal to relentlessly target those involved in drug supply, and to bring them to justice.

The team's work does not end there. Work to prevent new dealers from entering the market, work with the local authority and other partners to improve areas, and a partnership with drug treatment agencies to change the lives of those with addictions are equally important.

The team has been working in close partnership with the local Neighbourhood teams and will continue to act upon information and intelligence provided to them by members of the public.

Seven Arrested in Drugs Raids

Police have arrested seven people for drugs supply offences in North Bristol.

Officers in Avonmouth executed a series of drugs warrants at addresses in Lawrence Weston, Sea Mills and Henbury as a coordinated effort to disrupt the supply of controlled drugs in the area.

A substantial amount of substances, believed to be class A and Class B drugs, and approximately £4,000 cash has been seized.

Four men aged 20, 21, 22 and 23 and three women aged 17, 24 and 40 have been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply controlled drugs.

Inspector Mark Runacres said: "This operation resulted from information received from local people who are keen to help the police stop drug dealing in their community.

"Working together we can tackle the problem but we rely on the support of local people to achieve this.

"If you have any further information that can assist us in stopping drugs supply and related criminality then please report it.”

Shirehampton residents can report information by contacting local Beat Manager, PC Amanda Patterson on 0845 456 7000, attending a local Neighbourhood Forum or Beat Surgery (details are on the website – or by calling Crimestoppers in confidence on 0800 555 111.

Officers will now be increasing their patrols throughout the day and will be available to answer residents' questions relating to this operation.

Sisters Show They Are a Cut About the Rest

City of Bristol College students, Charlotte and Lucy Macey, have shown this month that they are a cut above the rest, with both sisters achieving substantial wins in international hairdressing competitions.

Charlotte Macey has passed the first shortlist selection competition to represent Britain in the WorldSkills final. Once Charlotte has undergone further selection competitions, she may be chosen to compete in the International WorldSkills 2011 competition in London. Managed by UK Skills, the WorldSkills UK competitions encourage young people and adults across the country to excel in their vocational area and recognise those who have developed exceptional skills.

Lucy Macey, Charlotte’s older sister, is part of the National Hairdressing Federation’s British team and recently competed in the World Hairdressing Championship in Paris. With more than 800 competitors from 60 countries and 35 different categories, the competition saw Lucy and her team of three walk away with a bronze medal.

Christine Vokins, Head of Service and Leisure at City of Bristol College, comments: “Charlotte and Lucy have both worked incredibly hard for these competitions. This is yet another opportunity for our students to showcase the strong skills they have developed, which will prove invaluable as they embark on careers in their chosen fields.”

Picture caption – Bronze winner Lucy Macey with her winning hairstyle and Charlotte Macey with the hairstyle that has enabled her to go onto the next short listing stage. Lucy and Charlotte both work at 201 Hair and Beauty as a stylists.

Forest of Avon FREE TREES Scheme

The Free Trees Scheme is exactly what it says it is – a way for you to directly support tree planting by local people in the West (formerly Avon). The Free Trees Scheme enables local groups to take action and improve where they live.

Under the Free Tree Scheme, we provide trees for free to community groups, schools, parishes and local councils for use in appropriate community planting projects to create new woodlands, copses, hedges and small 'corner plantings'.

Trees for the scheme are supplied by the BTCV Forest of Avon Tree Life Centre, a local community tree nursery. We cover the cost of a tree plus a little extra to support their work with the community growing native tree species from locally collected seed.

How to apply for Free Trees

There are a few criteria. To find out if you qualify, simply download the Free Trees Form, fill it in and send it to us. You can find the Free Trees Form at .

Shirehampton Greens have arranged a Free Trees event to be held at Shirehampton Public Hall on Saturday January15th, 10:00am –12:00noon.


Have you ever thought about commemorating an anniversary in an exceptional way or giving someone special a unique gift? Planting a tree with the council’s TreeBristol campaign offers just that - and helps to improve the environment too.

Since the launch of the TreeBristol Campaign in 2005 we have planted over 2500 new trees in Bristol, the highest number of newly planted trees since the 1980’s. Our sponsorship packages suit every budget and range from £20.00 - £330.00

By planting a tree you will be supporting the council’s drive to see 10,000 new trees in the city. For further information please visit or email us on

Shirehampton Baptist Church: New Year, New Challenge

It’s a new year, new goals and new challenges to be faced.

What is your goal this year? Is it to lose weight, change your job, or perhaps to try something new? The Baptist Church has lots of new things that you can try. Take a look at what has gone on this year and the dates for the New Year.

On 7th December Mainly Music had their Christmas party. All the children and their carers had the opportunity to make a Christmas crown, join in a Christmas themed music session and take a Christmas gift home with them. This term has gone really well with Sara joining the team and leading the songs during the 30 minute music part of the morning. Why not try something new and come along to Mainly Music. It is for under 5’s and their carers. Come and join in playing shakers, singing and dancing. There is a chance to catch up with other mums or dads – maybe that could be your goal this year, to meet someone new? Come along on Tuesday 11th Jan at 9am for two hours to chat and meet new people.

Did you see our stall at the Christmas Street Fayre? We were raising money for the Link project – which is the building work that is going on at the church. It was indeed a chilly evening, but at least it was dry. We raised £120, so thank you to everyone who brought items and also to those that gave us items to sell. Why don’t you pop into the church and see how the building work has progressed. Come along and take a peek.

Since the beginning of November we have been holding a Breakfast Club for young people in the village before the Sunday morning service. It started slowly, but now we have about 4 or 5 people attending each week. By the time they have finished eating the rest of fellowship of the Church are arriving; so rather than go home they have begun to join us for our morning service and Sunday Club for children. When the service is a Family service everyone stays together for the whole time, and gets involved. If you would like to come along to the Breakfast Club and are aged between 10 & 14, do pop in, it would be great to see you. The Club starts again on Sunday 9th January at 9:30am, and breakfast is free!

‘Glue’ is our young people’s group, for ages 10-14, to come together, have some fun, study the bible and discuss a particular topic. This is held on Monday evenings from 7 – 8:30pm. ‘Relish’ is a drop in Youth Club for 10-16 year olds where you can play pool, indoors and table football, and also spend some of your money on chocolate, sweets and soft drinks. This is held on Friday Evenings from 7:30 – 9:30pm with an entry charge of 50p. Glue will be running again from 10th January, and Relish begins on the 14th. On Sunday Evening’s we have a youth evening at the church where we play pool, play on the Wii, and then spend time reading the bible and discussing what the bible passage says. We have been really encouraged to see some younger children from Sunday Club coming along to join us before we do the Bible study. Some of the young people that have attended the Breakfast Club have also begun to join us in the evening.

‘Bright Hour’ will be starting again on 12th January at 2:30pm in the Church. This is a group for women from the village to meet, worship, pray and listen to a range of speakers who visit throughout the year. They have had a fantastic year and have been greatly blessed by people that have come to talk to them.

You may have walked past the Church and been asked if you would like someone to pray for you. Our Prayer Point happens every first Thursday of the month, and we have seen some answers to the prayers that we have shared. Prayer Point takes a break this month but will be back on 3rd February. If you are walking past the Church and are approached, don’t be scared, it will be great to pray for any needs you may have and to have a chat with you.

Our Sunday morning services normally run from 10:30am until 12 noon; the family service is just an hour long. Both are followed by tea and coffee. Our first family service this year will be on 23rd January. Our evening services run from 6:30 – 7:30pm at the Church, except on the first Sunday of the month when we are at The Cotswold Community Centre in Dursley Road at 4:45pm.

So there are lots of ways in which you could do something new with us at the Baptist Church in this New Year. You may also have your own event planned that you do not have enough space for at home. We can help with this too because the Church Hall, with kitchen facilities, is available for community use. If you would like to hire the Church Hall for a party or a meeting then please contact Cath Brown the Church Secretary on 07952137478 or phone the Church on 0117 982 8238 and leave a message so that we can get back to you.

Our challenge to you is to do something new in the New Year and go to one of the events or activities happening at Shirehampton Baptist Church in Station Road.

The Evergreens

Evergreen members on their Turkey and Tinsel holiday in Scarborough, November 1st.


St Andrew’s Church Hall, Avonmouth

1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month 7:30 pm

4th January - Beetle Drive

18th January - Railway Stations of the West Country - Mike Oakley

1st February - Glorious Mud – Tim Lewis

15th February - Tuppence Worth of Poison – Penny Deveil

1st March - Bring and Buy Charity Night

15th March - Answer on a Postcard – Judy Helme

5th April - Team-Games and Puzzles – Alvin

19th April - Cook Book Evening

3rd May - To Be Arranged

17th May - Spinning Wheel – Sarah

31st May - Summer Outing

7th June - Bingo

21st June - Don’t Forget the Diver – Peter Shore

5th July - Old American West – Dick Helme

19th July - AGM Bring and Share Supper

Closed for August

Meetings will be posted monthly in SHIRE in What’s On

PBA Retired Employees Association Meetings 2011

The Social Club meets on the third Tuesday of the month at the Port of Bristol Sports and Social Club in Nibley Road. The Social Club is open from 12:00 noon when a snack and a drink can be purchased and the talk begins at 2:30

18th January - An Afternoon of entertainment with Just Denver

15th February - “A Life on the Ocean Wave”: Experiences of early emigrants to Australia on the S.S. Great Britain – Mr. Routley

15th March - Mrs. S. Mills: An illustrated talk on The National Gardens Scheme

19th April - Annual General Meeting and Spring Lunch

17th May - Mrs Gawthorpe asks:“Were You Alive in Nineteen Fifty Five?”

21st June - The Avon Gorge and its Wildflowers : Keith Taylor, Wildlife Photographer

19th July - “The Wind in the Willows” – A Musical Presentation by Tim Lewis and Sheila Furneaux

16th August - The Friendship Clinic of Nepal – Peter and Beryl Shore

20th September - “On Tour With The Queen” – Geoff Hale (from the BBC)

18th October - “The Life of Victorian Servants” – Mrs. Pat Hase

15th November - “Lipstick on a Gorilla” – Mike Rowland

13th December - Christmas Lunch

Meetings will be posted monthly in SHIRE in What’s On .

News from Brightstowe

Brightstowe Launches Glee Club

Oasis Academy Brightstowe is working in partnership with Inspire Arts to put on a weekly Glee Club for students. During the winter term, students worked on a song and dance routine which they then performed at the Christmas Showcase on Thursday 9th December. They performed a version of Bayou-inspired rock song 'Rolling on a River', made famous by John Fogerty, Tina Turner and Bruce Springsteen. They gave a vibrant and confident performance which inspired more students to sign up to the club in the New Year.

Academy Careers Fair

Last term, Oasis Academy Brightstowe held a Careers Fair for students in Years 10 and 11. Students were encouraged to look around the fair where they could talk to and pick up information from local employers and higher education providers such as the Avon & Somerset Police Force, Filton College and the University of the West of England. Students reported that the event was very informative and gave them a flavour of the sorts of opportunities available to them after they leave the Academy.

Brightstowe Students Plan Spanish Exchange

Academy students are looking forward to their first exchange visit to Northern Spain this New Year. Students from Year 8 and 9 have been working on a collaborative project with the Colegio Dulce Nombre de Jesus school in the city of Oviedo in Northern Spain, with a view to conducting an exchange programme in the spring.

They have all been paired with pen-friends with whom they have been exchanging letters and they recently received a large box of goodies and information about the Oviedo region. It is hoped that around 30 students from Year 9 who intend to continue with their study of Spanish in Year 10 will take part in the exchange, and Oasis Academy Brightstowe is preparing to receive the Spanish students in March 2011. The Academy students who take part will get to meet their pen-friends and spend two mornings experiencing life in a Spanish school, as well as going on day trips to places of interest in the region, trying tapas and other typical Spanish foods and putting their Spanish to good use. As part of their NVQ and GCSE course, they will also take part in some field work during the visit.

Spanish Teacher Elena Evans said: "We are extremely pleased to be conducting the first foreign exchange since the Academy opened, which will give students the opportunity to put their language skills to good use. We are hoping that the partnership between the two schools will grow from strength to strength. Spanish is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world and is growing increasingly in importance in business and communication. Our aim is to equip my students with as many experiences and skills as possible to take with them into the working world.”

Spanish is currently taught to all KS3 students at Oasis Academy Brightstowe. Following this, there is an option to study either NVQ Business Spanish or GCSE Spanish. GCSE German is now being taught after school for the first time.

Letters to the Editor


Dear Editor

I refer to Bob Chubbs’ letter regarding new footpaths in Shirehampton.

There is, as far as I know, an existing footpath which goes in by Sylvan Way, through woodland, up steps and into a copse, near Horseshoe Bend. This then comes out near to Woodwell Road. It has been there a long time and is part of a recognised footpath that links Shirehampton, Coombe Dale and Sea Mills, that takes you along a wildlife network site into the site of scientific interest. I see ramblers going up there sometimes. You can join this main path via two other smaller footpaths that wander off the main one once you get into the woodland. Are these the ones the council have only just found?

Jim Penny

St. Mary's Road Wasteground

Dear Editor

Can anyone tell us WHY the wasteground at the back of St Marys Road was not included in the site allocation document? It is not an allotment, nor a park; it is not used and is an ugly eyesore. Why did the Council pick on our allotments and Daisy Field to dispose of when there is a perfectly good piece of wasteground that should be a priority for disposal above and beyond the two beautiful areas they seek to destroy.

Perhaps we need to bring this to the Council’s attention.

Dorothy D Cole


We understand that new allotments have been created in Tynings Field, Shirehampton and can be booked from the end of January on line at quoting Tynings Field, (there is a waiting list for all the others) or by ringing the allotment department of the City Council.

Dorothy D Cole

Rubbish in Ryeleaze

5.2 million pounds it cost to build this nice new estate, they put a wildlife corridor, bat friendly lighting, hundreds of young trees, what for? so they can dump their rubbish in it?

D. Cole

Shire’s Green Spaces

As someone who helped the community campaign against Council plans to sell off valued pieces of community land, I was very disappointed to see the Council’s reaction to the consultation and all the protests made. By the time of publication, there will have been a council scrutiny meeting over the plans, and I very much hope that the people’s view will be listened to during that process. I have written to Ministers highlighting that localism only works if there is a council listening to what its citizens actually want, and I have seen the Council’s reaction to public protest as an example of how things can go wrong. A huge well done to everyone who worked so hard to make the people’s voice heard.

Charlotte Leslie MP

Member of Parliament for Bristol North West

1940’s Night

The 1940’s evening at the Public Hall was enjoyed by everyone who went along. All the old tunes were sung with great gusto and plenty of feet graced the floor. A big thank you to everyone involved, especially Mrs Good who organised the event.

P. Rich

Re: Park & Ride Redundant Bus Shelters in November SHIRE.

Dear Sir,

Could some of them be lined up for use at a new rail station? I believe the land they are stored on is reserved for such a future project?

Richard Giles, Avonmouth Based Postman

Tribute to Chico

A local resident suffered a massive heart attack in the barber shop on 1st December.

Chico provided essential first aid prior to the arrival of the paramedics. The family of Charlie Britton wish to thank Chico for all his help.

Carol Scrivin

Ashley Hutchings

A local friend sends Jean and me a copy of SHIRE. I was pleased to see your name recorded there. It’s a long time since you chased me on my motorbike across Cumberland Bridge in Bristol. I am in the County Hospital in Hereford. I still remember the happy times we had in Semper Fidelis. At the moment I am waiting to go to the Hillside Centre in Ross Road, Hereford, to convalesce after my 4th heart attack. Please remember me to any of the old friends left in S.F.

I am almoner of Delphi Lodge in Hereford and have been a Founder member for 25 years after 60 years in Freemasonry.

With fond regards

Yours S&F

Parnell Perrett

PS: I am now known as Ted aka Edward!!

Nature Notes

It doesn’t seem very long ago we were watching the young birds leave their cosy nests for the first time. Now we are desperate to put as much food out in the garden as possible and hope they will be able to make it through this early severe spell of weather. As well as a varied supply of food, such as fat blocks, seeds, peanuts and fruit (sultanas are an easy choice), a vital thing to remember is a regular supply of clean, unfrozen water. It’s easy to forget that with weather like we’re having at the moment, water is not readily available. We’ve noticed the bluetits are using the little house on top of the bird table for shelter during the night, which is good to see. Bigger birds are also feeling the pinch: we spotted a sparrow hawk in our cherry tree a few mornings ago! Luckily our regular visitors were nowhere to be seen. Let’s hope the thaw is not too far away, but in the meantime we’ll continue to help them as best we can, and thereby have the pleasure of watching them come and go.

Bobbie Perkins

Clear Snow and Ice

You CAN help your community clear snow and ice from public places. The government has given clear guidelines: as long as you don’t make the area more dangerous than it was you can clear snow and ice from in front of your homes without fear of being held responsible. How to go about it? Clear a path down the middle of the pavement first so you have a safe surface to work from. DO NOT use hot water! It may clear the snow but cause black ice afterwards. Use salt, table salt or dishwasher salt will work, but be careful not to put it on grass or plants. And pay especial attention to steps and steep gradients. Finally be a good neighbour and clear a path for those less able.

New Community Group in Tynings Field

Tynings Field Community Harvest group has been born out of the action group 'Dont let them shit on Shirehampton'. We aim to turn the surplus allotment land at Tynings Field that the council wants to dispose of into a community harvest project and have a say in what happens in our allotments. The response to this has been amazing. We held our first meeting and a big thanks goes to all the people who attended and who have now become members. Our minutes are available and included in our news bulletin, please contact the Secretary at 65 Woodwell Road tel 01179090440, for a copy. We will be holding a new meeting at Cotswold Community Centre in Dursley Road on Monday, 17th January at 7pm. Our next aim is to convince the council allotment panel that we need this land for something good. Community agriculture is a shared project: each person does some volunteer work on the project for a share of the harvest. There will be membership fees which can be variable dependent on how much of a share each person wants and a vegetable box scheme can be arranged for the more vulnerable people in our community. All profit will be paid back to the scheme. We aim to organise a wassail in January in Woodwell Road so watch out for this! This is of benefit to the whole community from cradle to grave. We are open to new membership. If you have put your name down on the allotment list for this area lately please contact us, thanks.

Caroline Penny Tynings Field HQ

Christmas Fayre

Pictures by Kacey-O'Neill

Pictures by Kacey-O'Neill

Shirehampton’s first Christmas Fayre was a festive success. There were colourful attractions for the children, music from Portishead Youth Club’s Radio Dynamic, and stalls full of Christmas decorations, affordable gifts , and homemade jams and chutneys. The event raised £826.42 for Hospice South West in memory of Cameron Short.

Lizzie Tucker of PJ’s Hairdressers organized the event to raise the profile of Shirehampton. She hopes it will lead to forming a Traders’ Association which will be able to influence the Council on local issues. An application for next year’s event is already earmarked for Council consideration.

The organizers wish to thank the following companies for their generous donations: TH Scaffolding, Radio Dynamic Signs Express, AJH Graphics, Screwfix, Howdens, Maccess, Focus DIY, Ashmeads, St Bernards School, Station Road Car Valeting, Smile Solutions, Costco, Bookers,The Pet Shop, Miles Morgan Travel. Also thank you to Santa, Tess, Richard, PJ’s Staff for all their help.

Raffle Winners are:1st: Blue 315, 2nd: Blue 435, 3rd: Yellow 147, 4th: Yellow 327, 5th: Blue 212, 6th:Yellow 364, 7th: Yellow 936, 8th: Yellow 959, 9th: Yellow 842, 10th:Yellow 590, 11th:Yellow 840,12th Yellow 417.

Unveiling Service to Commemorate Bristol Ships Lost in WW1 and WW

The above historic event at our MN Memorial site on the Welsh Back, Bristol, took place on Sunday 28th November 2010 at 12:00 Noon. Over a hundred people braved the icy temperatures to attend the service conducted by our Padre the Rev Philip Auden, DL. Philip earned our lasting gratitude for producing the attractive Orders of Service once again. Our branch members and friends raised £6,500 to have the granite memorial installed in time for the 65th anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Our members have to be congratulated, and all those who contributed, for fast tracking the collection in just sixteen months, from when the fund was launched. It was a remarkable achievement in a period of austerity. We are extremely grateful to three major donors who came to the rescue when the contributions stalled latterly!

Our branch Chairman Michael Fleming opened the proceedings by welcoming everyone and thanking them turning up, and then he handed over to me while he ensured that everything else was attended to, including the wreath laying and unveiling of the granite memorial.

I said that there were too many to thank, but our memorial manager Ted Williams from Brislington, who headed the project and who was about to unveil the memorial along with our Patron Sir James Tidmarsh, deserved our appreciation for what he contributed to the project. I said that the monumental masons Messrs Summers from St George, Bristol, had to be congratulated on producing another splendid memorial for us in record time.

Our research revealed the fact that seven of the Bristol White Funnel Fleet of P. & A. Campbell’s paddle steamers saved the lives of 7,000 troops from the Dunkirk beaches. Sadly four of the ships were lost in the rescue attempt. Another interesting fact is that all of the Bristol ships were lost in the North Atlantic or around the coast of the United Kingdom. Bristol City Line lost seven of their ships in the North Atlantic in both wars and Bristol Steam Navigation Company lost six of their short sea traders in coastal waters.

I then advised everyone that if they wished to record a message in memory of any of the men lost on these ships, then please visit the Council House in College Green, Bristol, where the Princes Anne Book of Remembrance is on display in the foyer, alongside the Roll of Honour.

Bristol Evening Post reporter Daniel Evans and photographer Michael Lloyd produced an excellent display on their Monday 29th November 2010 edition of their paper.

Our standard bearers “Wings” Barry with the National Standard, David Caple with the Branch Standard and John Davies with the Blue Ensign hot footed it back from the Newport Branch annual Parade on the previous day to attend our event. They were joined by RBL Whitchurch and Pensford Standard Bearer Emma Brown for the first time, and the Bishopsworth RBL Standard Bearer Jim Smith once again. Maureen Grant stood by with her recording of the Last Post when we failed to find a bugler.

The granite memorial plaque was unveiled by memorial manager Ted Williams and branch patron Sir James Tidmarsh.

Sir James said: “These names are testimony to the human stories, some of which we will never know, but to which we must be truly grateful and remember forever.”

Ted Williams laid the branch wreath, then other wreaths and floral tributes were laid in turn.

Ted Williams joined the Merchant Navy aged sixteen after leaving St Mary’s Church School, and was involved in running heavy lifts on his ship between Japan and Korea during the Korean War.

Branch chairman Michael Fleming who was in the merchant Navy for 16years, said: “People forget that this area was once a thriving dock in the middle of the city.” He also said: “A lot of ships left Bristol during the war and sadly many of them never returned. This is to remember those ships”.

Wesley Windows laid flowers in memory of the s.s.”Lunan”, on which his grandfather of the same name was captain, and died, on July 4th 1941. The small coaster struck a land mine as it left Cardiff, killing six of the crew; the Chief Engineer was the only survivor. Mr Windows said: “Five generations before me were all captains in the Merchant Navy. I am very proud to be here today.”

Also in attendance was actor and writer Geoffrey Serle, who has written a play based on the Merchant Navy called Convoy, inspired by a series of features in the Evening Post. He is hoping it will be staged in the Bristol Old Vic next year.

Captain Hamish Grant, Vice-President Bristol & District Branch of the Merchant Navy Association.

The Oak

The Oak, described in folklore as the doorway to the other world, is a symbol of kingship and strength. Out of all our native trees it is one of the longest to mature, taking some 70 years to produce acorns. The druids collected water from old oak stumps and used it to cleanse the body. Acorns were roasted then ground and added to boiling water and drunk as a form of stimulant. In Celtic times the oak was linked with the Summer Solstice and on 24th June (now St John’s Day) the Oak King was said to be sacrificially burnt alive followed by a seven day feast or wake before the start of the rest of the year. The fuel for midsummer fires was traditionally oak. In Elizabethan times an act was passed to protect it as it was being over used; foresters traditionally carved circles on oak trees to protect them from lightening and carpenters carved acorns on banisters for the same reason. In recent years a new disease has been found called acute oak decline which threatens the oak tree.

D. Cole

Highlander Returns Home

A Shirehampton lad and one of Bristol’s most successful kickboxing professionals has returned to the village to set up a kickboxing and Thai boxing club for local people.

Mike O'Connor was born in 1969 and brought up in Priory Road, starting his fighting career at the age of 11 as a member of the NSC boxing club.

He took up kickboxing aged 23 and went on to become the first Bristol fighter to be ranked world no.1. His World Kickboxing Association titles include Super Middleweight Intercontinental Champion, Light Heavyweight Commonwealth Champion, Super Middleweight British Champion, Super Light Heavyweight English Champion and European Super Light Heavyweight Thai Boxing Champion.

After retiring from professional sport in 2004, Mike decided to train his own team of fighters which is now based in Shirehampton at the NSC Boxing Club in the grounds of Avonmouth Rugby Club. He also runs clubs in St Annes, Frampton Cotterell and the city centre but says his main base is at the NSC club which he calls home.

So if you want to be Shire’s next kickboxing champion or just want to get fit or learn self defence, you would be very welcome to come along. The club is very social, with BBQs and nights out plus a Christmas party for the kids.

Sessions are held as follows:



14YRS TO 65YRS 7PM-8.30PM



14YRS TO 65YRS 7PM-8.30PM.

For further details phone Mike on 07515 851874 or visit

Former Shirehampton Resident Opens Business in Avonmouth

Avonmouth is set to have a new business opening its doors as UK Storage Company opens its third site in the South West - and there is a familiar face on the front desk.

John Lamb, a former resident of The Ridge is in charge of marketing at the self storage company and says he’s now regretting moving out of Shire.

“I was commuting up and down the M5 for 6 years while I was living in Shirehampton and now I’ve moved out of the area my company opens a new site just two minutes down the road!”.

Despite missing out on a shorter commute and a lie-in, John’s not disappointed.

“It’s exciting to be opening a new site and I’m excited to be back near Shire where I got to know a lot of people when I lived there. Hopefully some of those people will drop in for a coffee now I’m just down the road.”

UK Storage also have sites in Bridgwater and Taunton.

Remembering Christine Collins

Christine Collins (formerly Brain) was born in Church Leaze, Shirehampton on the 15th May 1930 and baptised at St. Mary's Church. She grew up in Shirehampton and had an older brother, John, but when World War II broke out she was evacuated to Calne in Wiltshire, a place where she returned in later life for a visit and to reminisce with her children and grand children. It is a day that will be remembered by all the family.

She attended the local schools then went to Fairfield. Christine originally thought of training to be a vet but she also loved singing and wanted to become a singer, something that she excelled at. Music was always in her blood.

Christine worked at Shell Mex in Avonmouth where she was a telephonist and became a member of The Shell Mex Players, where she sang her heart out to many an audience. It was through this group she met her husband, Harry, who was working behind the scenes for the many shows that The Shell Mex Players performed. They married on the 3rd September 1955 at St.Mary's Church and this year celebrated their 55th Wedding Anniversary.They lived in Shirehampton most of their life, firstly in Priory Road, and after a brief spell in Filton returning to Walton Road, then Springfield Avenue where they brought up their two children, Jonathan and Jennifer, and then moved to Dursley Road.

Christine was a member of the Twyford Operatic Society and took many leadng role in their productions. She even made appearances at The Victoria Rooms with their shows. She formed her own choir group called The Mellow Tones in the 1970s consisting of a dozen or so female vocalists. They put on entertaining shows, with many of the audience joining in. They performed at the local Pantomimes in Shirehampton too. Mary Howell and Glad Morgan are just two members of this group who remember Christine very well, she was a kind and caring person with a great sense of humour. .

"Christine was our leader and we'd visit old peoples homes and sing for them. It was always very enjoyable and Christine had a fantastic voice. She was the best and nothing was too much trouble." said Mary.

Christine joined The Shire Players during the1970's and remained with them until the early 1990's. Liz Hurd was also a member of the group before it changed its name to The Grainger Players.

"When I think of Christine I always remember the 'South Pacific' section of one of our shows. She sat in the middle of the stage and sang 'Bloody Mary' with everyone surrounding her. She had a lovely voice", said Liz.

Christine was a member of St. Mary's Choir for a long time and was one of several people interviewed for a local feature on BBC Radio Bristol in 1998. She spoke enthusiastically about the choir and her love of singing, but remained modest about her talent.

She also enjoyed playing tennis in her younger days and was a champion rifle woman, attending regular meetings and practice at the rifle club that was based under the Clifton Suspension Bridge. She was also a member of The Evergreens and attended the local lunch club on a regular basis where she would happily socialise and catch up on all the latest news.

Sadly an unsuccessful knee replacement operation meant that her mobility was restricted but that never held her back or squashed her spirit. Determined to do what she wanted and to remain independent, she invested in a mobility scooter and many would see Christine making her way through the village doing her bit of shopping, chatting with friends and attending the clubs she was a member of.

Christine died peacefully in her sleep at home on 8th December 2010. She was 80 years old.

She always spoke of her family with great fondness and pride and always adored the visits from her six grandchildren and three great grandchildren. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed and always loved by Harry and the family. She will always be remembered by family and friends. Christine was a person who made an impression with her character, grace and singing. One of her favourite songs was 'All Things Bright And Beautiful' and that sums up Christine, she was a beautiful person both inside and out.

Her funeral took place at St.Mary's Church, Shirehampton on Wednesday 29th December 2010. Harry, Jonathan, Jennifer and families would like to thank everyone who attended the service and have given their support through this sad time.

Preparing for Census 2011

In preparation for the 2011 Census on Sunday 27th March 2011, ONS are looking to recruit about 200 staff in the Bristol area to collect Census forms and help people complete them if they need assistance.

The staff need to know the area of Bristol and come from the local communities.

The census counts everyone in the United Kingdom, but the results are also used by central government as the basis for allocating about £100,000,000,000 to local authorities every year.

The statistics gathered in March will determine the allocation of funds for the next ten years to housing, education, health, recreation, roads and transport, so it is important to get the count of people as accurate as possible so Bristol gets its fair share of the funding.

More information about the census can be found at and more details about the jobs can be found at

Although Census Day is a few months away, it is a tremendous opportunity to take part in the largest social project of the decade. If you would like to know more about the 2011 Census please contact the Bristol Area Manager for the 2011 Census, Bill Clark, who can be contacted by email at, or by phone on 07801331522.

Food Waste Recycling

Eighty thousand Bristol householders to get help in recycling food waste. Recycling advice and compostable bin liners will be delivered directly at doorsteps throughout the city between April and August 2010 to encourage people to recycle food waste in their brown waste bins.

Nearly 82,000 households will be delivered a free roll of compostable food waste bin liners and recycling advisors will visit approximately 37,500 households in areas where residents have been slower to use the brown bins.

“The less waste we have to dispose of through landfill sites the better both for the council taxpayer and for the environment. We are doing all we can to encourage people to reduce their food waste by sensible buying and composting but also to recycle any food waste where that’s not possible.” said Cllr Gary Hopkins, Cabinet member for the Environment and Community Safety.

The initiative follows a Council pilot project last summer to trial different methods to encourage more people to use their brown food waste bins. Recycling advice was given on the doorstep and free compostable liners were given to residents, over 700 recycling containers were also distributed.

“The campaign was successful in boosting food waste recycling, and we are now expanding it to other parts of the city, in particular where there is less food recycling,” said Cllr Hopkins.

Recycling advisors will give advice on the doorstep on all recycling services; they will encourage residents to line their food waste bins with newspaper or with compostable liners. The advisors will dispel any recycling myths and encourage residents to start or to use more of the recycling services.

These specially trained staff will be giving people tips on recycling and showing what they can and cannot put in their food waste bin and black box.

Recycling advisors, recognisable by their ‘Recycle Now’ branded clothing, will be visiting homes in a number of areas including Avonmouth, Kingsweston, Henbury, Southmead, Southville, Bedminster, Bishopsworth, Hartcliffe, Whitchurch Park, Windmill Hill, Brislington East and Brislington West, Stockwood, Lockleaze, Easton, Eastville, Ashley, Frome Vale and Hillfields.

For more information please contact Vicky O’Loughlin or Catherine Frankpitt on 0117 9223463

Avonmouth Sea Cadets Delight the Crowds

The last weekend of November saw Portsmouth Historic Dockyard turned back to Queen Victoria’s reign for the 26th annual Festival of a Victorian Christmas. The festival saw almost 29,000 visitors from the UK and around the world visit the famous heritage site.

Bristol Avonmouth Sea Cadets were invited to bring their Hornpipe Display Team and a party of cadets to demonstrate this traditional form of naval exercise and entertainment. The cadets performed two displays in the principal entertainment venue and a further eight displays up and down the Main Road complete with real snow falling!

Able Cadet Siobhan McAnaspie (14) said “It was really cold but the dancing kept you warm and the snow gave everything a real Christmas feel”. “It was amazing the interest shown by the visitors. I don’t think that I have ever been photographed so much in my life!” added Petty Officer Cadet Ollie Hillier (17).

In between displays the cadets and staff (who are all volunteers) were able to visit the permanent attractions including HMS Victory (Nelson’s flagship), Action Stations (a Royal Navy version of @ Bristol) and Father Christmas’ Grotto aboard HMS Warrior 1860. The cadets were also given a guided tour of one of the newest ships in the Royal Navy, the Type 45 destroyer HMS Dauntless. The Unit’s Commanding Officer, Lt (SCC) Barbara Hillier RNR said “The cadets were, as always, brilliant and members the public made numerous comments about the politeness and smartness of the cadets. Visits like this one are an excellent way of developing the confidence and interpersonal skills of our cadets in a fun and exciting environment. Many of our visits to sites like Portsmouth and London involve activities that you just could not do otherwise. Search for Avonmouth Sea Cadets on the web to see what I mean”

She went on to say “We would like to thank the Commanding Officer and ship’s company of HMS Dauntless, Bristol based Richmond Events Management, Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, our accommodation hosts and WO Bill Parr at HMS Nelson without whose help the visit could not have taken place. A big thank you must go to Weston College for the use of their minibus as we were struggling to afford to hire one.”

Petty Officer Christopher Batt concluded "Many of your readers will know that this year is the official 150th birthday of the cadet movement and 100 years of Sea Cadets here in Bristol. The Festival was a great climax for the end of the year which will finish with our last event in 2010 when we shall be leading the Carols on the Green in Shirehampton on Christmas Eve."

Avonmouth Library

From 8th January 2011, the Library will be open on Saturday Mornings.

Avonmouth Library Opening Hours:

  • Monday: 2:00 – 5:00pm
  • Wednesday: 10:00am – 1:00pm
  • Friday: 2:00 – 6:00pm
  • Saturday: 9:30am – 12:30pm

We stock a selection of popular DVD titles for weekly hire

We run a baby ‘bump & rhyme’ session the first Wednesday of the month 9:30am. Tel. 0117 903 8580 for more details

Keep Warm, Keep Safe in your home this winter, say firefighters

With the onset of wintery weather conditions and freezing temperatures, firefighters are offering tips and advice on how to keep warm and safe. Avon Fire & Rescue Service Station Manager Stuart Matthews said: “We want to make sure everyone in our community has the advice they need to stay safe and warm this winter, especially through this cold snap. Using portable heaters, log fires and electric blankets in one room may seem a relatively cheap option, but it could end up costing you dear if a fire breaks out.

The most important advice is to ensure you have working smoke alarms in your home which could give you vital extra minutes to get out of the property in the event of a fire. Make sure you test the batteries every week to ensure the device is working properly.”

Tips to Keep Warm, Keep Safe:

  • Make sure furnishings are kept well away from all heaters and fires
  • Use a fire guard on open fires
  • Have your chimney swept regularly to avoid a build up of soot, which could catch fire
  • If you use an electric blanket which is more than three years old, make sure it is tested every year
  • Unplug all electrical appliances which don’t need to be on continuously before going to bed at night

How Can We Work Together to Make The Four Villages Better Places to Live?

Avonmouth and Kingweston Neighbourhood Partnership held an ‘Open Space’ workshop on Saturday, 13th November in Shirehampton Public Hall to explore local people’s concerns about their neighbourhoods and set priorities for tackling them.

In an Open Space workshop participants set their own agenda. Anyone can select a topic for discussion and everyone can choose which topics they want to contribute to. At this workshop local people chose to discuss topics ranging from the condition of our street scene to dealing with domestic abuse, from re-opening the Lamplighters pub to providing activities for young people aged 13 –19.

At the end of the day participants voted on the areas they considered most important. These areas – provision for young people; bringing communities together; reducing domestic violence and encouraging healthy relationships; improving the street scene; and welcoming newcomers to the community - will be priorities for the Neighbourhood Partnership going forward.

Participants included people of all ages from all four villages – Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Sea Mills and Lawrence Weston – as well as local councilors. The number of young people who attended and felt able to contribute their ideas made this a particularly successful day.


Open Day at Lawrence Weston College

A small group of people are hoping to re-open Lawrence Weston College as a community asset. They have planned an Open Day on Saturday January 29th to encourage the community to adopt the premises and turn it into a community resource. The organizers say the aim of the day is to “encourage local people to come into the building and whilst engaging in other activities let us know what they would like to happen on the College site both before any new development and after.”

The event will be used as a showcase for other activities such as Link, the Youth Club, the NHS and the Neighbourhood Partnership. The Avonmouth and Kingsweston Partnership includes the Four Villages – Avonmouth, Shirehampton, Sea Mills and Lawrence Weston. It provides a meeting ground between local communities and Bristol City Council. Local people, through the partnership, can influence Council decisions on such matters as community safety, grounds maintenance, minor traffic schemes, street cleaning and community well being. If you want to participate in Neighbourhood Partnership meetings you can attend your local neighbourhood forum, in Shirehampton that’s the Shirehampton Community Action Forum or SCAF. SCAF meetings are open to anyone and dates and times are publicized in Shire.

St Mary’s News

Hi Folks!

May I take this opportunity to wish you all a very Happy & Prosperous New Year!

I have to thank all of you who, despite the tight financial situation, dug deep into your pockets to support our various sales and appeals. Gill Sawyer's magnificent Christmas Food Fayre raised £3,600. All the individual jars of Marmalade were sold out within the first quarter of an hour and further sales of goodies have to date made that figure up to more than £4,000.

On Canon Christine's Gift Day, 4th December, St Mary’s received £9,300 and other gifts of cash have been slowly flowing in. The current figure now exceeds £10,000. Canon Christine is overwhelmed by the generosity of so many people, and wishes to thank you all from the bottom of her heart.

Many children and a number of adults turned up at St. Mary's that morning to make the "Christingles". Everyone had great fun making holes in the Oranges for the "magic" candles and sticking sweets on the four cocktail sticks. Canon Christsine was proud of you all! In the afternoon a Drama Group presented "Angel's Delight", a Pantomime Nativity Play telling of the journey to Bethlehem and the birth of Jesus to Mary. There was plenty of slapstick humour which kept all the children and even the adults in fits of laughter. Afterwards we all had tea at the back of the church and very nice it was too!

On Sunday the 5th we had a special service for Christingle with Jon Bonner, a Puppeteer. He made the story of Christingle very interesting to the young children with the aid of his puppets. The children from the "Stomp Group" led by Amy Boucher gave us a demonstration of their formation dancing.

Many of you will know Betty Froude as a former member of our Wednesday Lunch Club. She is also Canon Christine's mother-in-law. Unfortunately Betty had a fall and injured her shoulder. Happily she is on the road to recovery at Frenchay Hospital. Reverend Trevor Hearn, who frequently stands in for Canon Christine if she is out of the parish, is in hospital having a quadruple by-pass heart operation. We pray for his speedy recovery and look forward to the time when he will be back amongst us all.

Wednesday 8th December, the Avon Autistic Foundation came to St. Mary's for their Annual Carol Service. They brought with them a hand made Crib which was on display in the Lady Chapel through Advent and Christmas. The display includes a magnificent life size Donkey made by Sally Knowlson, which was used at our Crib Service.There was a competition to name the Donkey won by Charlotte Sweigers who decided the name should be "Sasha".

Not all the festivities are over at St. Mary's because "them wot has the good ideas" have decided to hold a fun evening at the Port of Bristol Club, at the rear of Nibley Road, on Friday, 7th January, 2011. It is "Not the New Years' Eve Ball". Come dressed up in all your finery, join in the fun, enjoy some good company and a sumptuous buffet meal. Tickets for this event are available from Gill Sawyer at the Church Office - price £12.50. All profits will go to the Tithe Barn Restoration Fund.

Now a reminder of our DVD/CD/Book Sale on Saturday, 15th January from 10.00 am until 12 noon. Any duplicate Christmas presents (i.e. DVD/CD or Books) you wish to dispose of will be gladly received, but no VHS tapes please, as we have no means of disposing of them and they are no longer saleable.

On Wednesday, 12th January we shall once again be holding an "Alpha Introductory Session" for anyone interested in learning more about the Christian Faith and what we do at St. Mary's. This will begin with lunch at 1.00 pm and the session will end at 3.00 pm. If you like what you see and hear, the Course proper begins on Wednesday, 9th. February from 1.00 pm until 3.00 pm. Each meeting begins with lunch, for which there is no charge. The Course then runs every Wednesday until and including Wednesday, 6th April.You can obtain further information from either Canon Christine or Gill Sawyer.

Also on Wednesday, 12th January the newly formed Mothers' Union will meet in St. Mary's at 2.30 pm and finish in time for you to collect any children from school. The inaugural meeting to see if anyone might be interested in this venture was attended by 40 people. Further meetings will take place at 2:30pm on the second Wednesday of each month. It is hoped to have a Guest Speaker for each session. This group is not just for Mothers, but for anyone who wishes to come along! Come and give it a try.

We are holding another of our Lunches & Beetle Drive on Tuesday, 18th January at 1.00 pm. If you wish to be included, add your name to the list at the back of the church. There is no charge for lunch; there will be a retiring collection to help defray expenses.

Canon Christine has asked this month if you could remember in your prayers: Oasis Academy Brightstowe, Local Shops, Mama Bears and Station Road Playgroups and the Youth in our Village. If you would like prayer for something on your heart or mind, do call in and ask, or visit our website and leave a request on our prayer page.

Sadly, this month I have to tell you of the death of three persons who will be known to many of you. Barbara Smith, who was the widow of the late Canon John Smith (Vicar at St. Mary's from 1958 until 1972), died at the end of November after a long battle with ill health. She was 89 years of age and outlived her husband by 7 years. Her funeral took place on Wednesday, 1st December at Holy Trinity Church, Abbots Leigh. The service was conducted by her daughter-in-law, the Rev. Decia Smith. We extend our heartfelt sympathy and prayers to Andrew, Simon and Decia in their sad loss.

Doreen Hunt, another stalwart from St. Mary's, also passed away recently. Doreen was an expert needle-woman and a member of the Cathedral Guild of Embroiderers. She had been suffering from a failing heart for some time and was, until not that long ago, a regular member of our Wednesday Lunch Club.

Christine Collins, another member of our Lunch Club, died in early December. Her death was most unexpected as she was at the Lunch Club only 2 weeks previously. She had a fine strong voice and until recently had been a member of the Shirehampton Area Choir.To both Doreen & Christine's families we once again express our deep felt sorrow at your loss. Not only your loss but ours too! May all of these ladies rest in peace - Amen.

I mentioned recently that Tom Goslin has restored our damaged Crucifix, which was formerly up at the High Altar and is now located in the Memorial Chapel. Recently the PCC decided to replace the Crucifix for our Sunday services with the silver Processional Cross. It matches nicely with the Silver Candlesticks which are in use every Sunday and at other services when the High Altar is in use.So this is where it has once more been sited. Due to the risk of theft, all our silverware, including the Processional Cross, is locked away when not in use. We still have to decide what should be done to replace the wooden Crucifix during the week

Bye for now - CME

From the Registers at St. Mary's

November 2010

BAPTISMS “We welcome you”

  • 28th - Bethany Niemczyk, Jack Webster

FUNERALS “At rest and at peace”

  • 9th - Eileen Feltham
  • 11th - Heighla Jenvey
  • 15th - Audrey Bevan
  • 18th - Gloria Hughes
  • 23rd - John Harris
  • 29th - Florence Allsopp

Volunteers Required for Local Health Project

If you would like to develop your skills and experience in a community health setting, Age UK, Bristol require people who can spare a couple of hours a week or month to help in their foot care clinics. Clinics take place in Withywood, Stockwood and Lawrence Weston. There are a number of roles available including:

Meeting and greeting people, making them feel welcome, providing tea and coffee

Driving – a pick-up service for people unable to make their own way to the clinics

Foot Care Treatments including toenail cutting – training is provided by NHS Podiatry Services for this role

As a volunteer for Age UK, Bristol, you will be provided with support, training and opportunities to take part in social events.

To find out more, please contact Lorraine Millard, Basic Foot Care Service Manager on 0117 9281540 or at Age UK, Bristol, Canningford House, 38 Victoria Street, Bristol 6BY

Registered charity number 1042-548

Oceans of Support for the Tithe Barn

Canon Christine visited Ocean Rodaway in the High Street recently to collect a cheque for £250 in support of the Tithe Barn Appeal from branch manager Jason Crossley John.

Further good news for the appeal came in the form of a pledge of £3,000 from the Bristol Port Company following a visit to St Mary’s and a tour of the Tithe Barn by the Port’s Director of Communications, Sue Turner.

As well as this generous donation towards the capital appeal, St Mary’s and the Port Company now plan to form a partnership to work together in the future on joint initiatives and activities in the refurbished Tithe Barn.

Canon Christine said:

"I am delighted to accept these donations towards the appeal. It is very encouraging to us that, even when times are tough economically, local businesses large and small are still willing to support our project. The Tithe Barn will open up many opportunities for Shirehampton and the support from Ocean Rodaway and the Bristol Port Company bring us that much closer to reaching our target."

Keeping You Safe From Fire

People living in Avonmouth are being offered the chance to have smoke alarms fitted in their homes by Avon Fire & Rescue Service completely free of charge.

Local firefighters will visit homes to provide safety advice and install the lifesaving devices free of charge to anyone in the community. Fires can be devastating, not just to life, but also to property and possessions. They can spread very quickly if they are left unnoticed. A working smoke alarm can provide an early warning sign that a fire has broken out, giving the occupants time to escape the property, especially at night.

Home Fire Safety Visits can be booked by calling 0117 926 2061.

For more information on how to Keep Warm, Keep Safe this winter visit

191st St. Mary's Scout Group

There have been five recent investitures into the 191st ST Mary’s Scout Troop :

Kane Burgunder and Thomas Morgan, 18th November 2010, Ben Harvey, 26th November 2010, and Rory Neate and Matthew Wise, 9th December 2010.

Scouts meet on Thursdays from 7:30 – 9:30 pm in the Scout HQ, St Mary’s Road.

Interested? Come and see what we do.


Oh I do so love to read,

the poems and prose that NAMSO leaves

He has such a lovely turn of phrase

I could easily read him all my days.

Such humour is rarely seen

His memoirs from the village green!

I do so, really, honestly

Wish I could write as good as he!


What’s on in January



  • KEEP FIT - Avonmouth Community Centre 7:30-8:30pm
  • DROP IN ADVICE SERVICE 9:30-11:00am St Andrew’s Church, Avonmouth. Sponsored by St Andrew’s Church
  • TOTSTOP - for under 5’s at St Mary’s Church 1:15-2:45pm
  • KYOTO SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB 6:30 – 8:30pm St Bernard’s School
  • THE PULSE ACUPUNCTURE CLINIC Every Monday at the Health Centre
  • BUMP AND RHYME for babies and toddlers 11:20-11:40am, 12:00-12:15 Story Time - Library
  • SEA CADETS 12 –18 years old Monday and Thursday, 6:45-8:45pm T.S. Enterprise, Station Road
  • NSC BOXING CLUB Monday, Wednesday and Friday 7:00 – 8:30pm, Smelters Gym, Barracks Lane, Next to Avonmouth Rugby Club, BS11 9NG. For details ring Head Coach Garry Cave: 07876-233621
  • TWYFORD ART CLUB 9:30 – 11:30am Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall
  • NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTRE 9:30am - 12:30pm Drop In Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze


  • SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE – 982-9399. 9:30 – 11:30am Drop-in session Over 50’s Shirehampton Health Centre
  • PENPOLE LUNCH CLUB – 11:30am – 2pm. 2 courses, tea/coffee, cake £3.25 details from Sandra: 0117 938 1236
  • ST MARY’S CRAFT GROUP. 2 – 3:30pm St Mary’s Church
  • MAINLY MUSIC FOR UNDER 5s. Shirehampton Baptist Church, 9 –11am during term time


  • SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE –982-9399 9:30 –11:30am Shirehampton Health Centre
  • NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTRE 2:00 – 5:00pm Debt Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze
  • SHIREHAMPTON MODEL RAILWAY CLUB 7:30pm in the Public Hall
  • SHIREHAMPTON CRAFT GROUP 1:30 – 3:00pm Guide HQ, St Mary’s Road, Tel 982 3192 for information
  • ACTA COMMUNITY YOUTH THEATRE 5:00 – 6:30pm at the Public Hall
  • KEEP FIT - Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 10:30 – 11:30am. For those with some movement experience.
  • AVONMOUTH HOCKEY CLUB practice night 7:30-9:00pm Henbury Comprehensive School
  • TWYFORD ART CLUB 9:30 –11:30am Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall
  • NSC BOXING CLUB Smelters Gym, Avonmouth 7:00-8:30pm


  • SHIRE ADVICE SERVICE – 982-9399 9:30-11:30am Shirehampton Health Centre
  • ADVICE SERVICE 2:00-3:00pm St Mary’s Church (session sponsored by St Mary’s)
  • NORTH BRISTOL ADVICE CENTRE 1:30 –4:30pm Benefits: Housing Office, Ridingleaze House, Ridingleaze 9:30am –12 noon Debt Only: Seamills Health Centre, 2 Riverleaze, Seamills
  • STROKE SUPPORT 1:30-4:00pm PBA Club, Nibley Road
  • KICK BOXING 5:15-7:15pm Public Hall
  • GRAINGER PLAYERS DRAMA CLUB 7:30-9:30 Public Hall
  • SLIMMING WORLD 5:15pm and 7:15pm Jim O’Neill House tel. 01275-844825 for information
  • KYOTO SHOTOKAN KARATE CLUB 6:30-8:30pm Avonmouth RFC
  • SEA CADETS Juniors 10-12 years old and 12-18 years old 6:45-8:45pm T.S.Enterprise, Station Road
  • AVONMOUTH RUGBY CLUB 6:00pm practice for Junior Colts Ring 9852426 for details
  • TWYFORD ART CLUB 7:00 – 9:00pm Penpole Room, Shirehampton Public Hall


  • FRIDAY FUN for parents, carers, and pre-school children 9:30-11:00am Beachley Walk Centre
  • EVERGREENS 2:00-3:00pm Public Hall
  • BINGO 6:30-8:30pm Public Hall
  • PILLOW LACE GROUP 7:00-9:00pm Public Hall
  • SHIREHAMPTON AMATEUR RADIO CLUB 7:30-10:00pm T.S. Enterprise
  • RELISH for 11-16yr olds in term time 7:30-9:30pm Shirehampton Baptist Church
  • KEEP FIT 10:30-11:30am Cotsworld Community Centre, Dursley Road
  • NSC BOXING CLUB Smelters Gym, Avnmouth 7:00 – 8:30pm


  • KIDS KLUB at St Mary’s 8:30am most Sunday mornings Breakfast and a short service. Tel. 9077026 for information
  • COTSWOLD CHURCH SERVICE 1ST and 3RD Sundays of the month, 1st Sunday led by Baptist Church, 3rd Sunday led by St Mary’s. Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4:45 – 5:30pm
  • SHIREHAMPTON BAPTIST CHURCH Services at 10:30am and 6:30 pm, Youth Group at 5:00pm



  • LOCAL HISTORY GROUP 3rd Monday of the month 2:30pm in the Library 17th January next meeting


  • PBA RETIRED EMPLOYEES ASSOCIATION 3rd Tuesday of January – PBA Club, Nibley Road open from Noon 18th January – An Afternoon of Etertainment with Just Denver
  • AVONMOUTH LADIES CLUB First and third Tuesdays of the month, 4th January – Beetle Drive, 18th January – Railway Stations of the West Country –Mike Oakley 7:30pm St Andrew’s Church Hall


  • BRIGHT HOUR WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP Fortnightly 2:30pm Shirehampton Baptist Church
  • WOMEN’S FELLOWSHIP Public Hall 7:30 – 9:30 pm
  • SHIREHAMPTON STITCHERS 3rd Wednesday of the month 7:30pm Public Hall


  • CARERS GROUP 3rd Thursday of the month, 2:00pm at Ridingleaze, Lawrence Weston


  • COFFEE AND CAKES 1st Saturday of the month, 10:00 –11:30am Shirehampton Methodist Church All welcome.


  • COTSWOLD CHURCH SERVICE 1ST and 3RD Sundays of the month 1st Sunday led by Baptist Church 3rd Sunday led by St Mary’s Cotswold Community Centre, Dursley Road 4:45 – 5:30pm


  • PLAYGROUP at the Public Hall, Station Road 9:15 – 11:45am Monday to Friday 12:30 – 2:45pm Mon –Wed only
  • LOW IMPACT AEROBICS at PBA Social Club 7:30pm – for information ring 07717833739
  • FOUR VILLAGES TOY LIBRARY Beachley Walk Centre, Old Barrow Hill Wednesday, Thursday, Friday morning 9:30 –12:30 And Tuesday afternoon Ring 9822142 for details Annual subscription £3, 50p to hire a toy
  • GIRLS FOOTBALL 8-16 Saturdays 11:00 –12:00am St Bede’s


  • BASIC SKILLS CLASSES Literacy Skills weekly at Lawrence Weston Tel: 9138824 for details

Adult and family learning courses

Free short courses for adults over 19 years with few or no qualifications in the new year –

Cooking from Scratch starting Wednesday 12th January 9:30-11:30am Avonmouth Children's Centre

Confidence Building starting Wednesday 12th January 12:45 – 2:45pm at Beachley Walk Community Centre

Paediatric First Aid starting 4th March 9:30-11:30 am(£12 on benefits or £42);

Avon Primary School

Basic Computer courses; IT Skills for Work; Literacy and IT for Work.

Introduction to Working in Hospitality; Introduction to Counselling;

Reiki; or Creative Writing - at Avonmouth Community Centre.

For more information ring Suzanne on 9030072 or Veronique on 9030065 or

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